TQ2981 : Cabmans Shelter, Russell Square

taken 5 years ago, near to London, City of London, Great Britain

Cabmans Shelter, Russell Square
Cabmans Shelter, Russell Square
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Russell Square :: TQ3081

Russell Square is a large garden square in Bloomsbury. It is near the University of London's main buildings and the British Museum. To the north is Woburn Place and to the south-east is Southampton Row. Russell Square tube station is nearby to the north-east. The square is named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Cabmen's Shelters

The Cabmen's Shelter Fund was established in London, England, in 1875 to run shelters for the drivers of hansom cabs and later taxicabs.
By law, cab drivers could not leave the cab stand while their cab was parked there. This made it very difficult for them to obtain hot meals and could be unpleasant in bad weather. If they drove to a pub to buy food then they would have to pay somebody to look after their cab while they were inside, otherwise it was likely to be stolen. The Earl of Shaftesbury and other worthies therefore took it upon themselves to set up a charity to construct and run shelters at major cab stands.
These shelters were small green huts, which were not allowed to be larger than a horse and cart, as they stood on the public highway. Between 1875 and 1914, 61 of these buildings were built around London. Most were staffed by an attendant who sold food and drink to the cabbies and were provided with a kitchen in which the attendant could cook this food and also food provided by the cabbies themselves. The attendant was not generally paid, but was expected to make an income from these sales. The shelters were also provided with seats and tables and books and newspapers, most of them donated by the publishers or other benefactors. Most could accommodate ten to thirteen men. Gambling, drinking and swearing were strictly forbidden.
Thirteen of the shelters still exist and are still run by the Cabmen's Shelter Fund. All are now Grade II listed buildings.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 October, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 29 January, 2015
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2998 8199 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.3127N 0:7.6745W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3000 8196
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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